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Sunday
May032009

NY Times & Medical Spa MD

There's an interesting article in the Times about housing listings in manhattan that are being commented on. There's a direct correlation between that story and Medical Spa MD's community commenting on laser clinics, med spas and laser treatments.

“What’s happening now is the numbers aren’t enough,” Ms. Doherty said, referring to the information published by StreetEasy. “People are asking questions they can’t ask their broker, and they’re really interested in the qualitative perspective, in getting opinions of people.”

There is certainly no shortage of opinions to be found online. Drawing on reams of publicly available data on sales prices, comparable listings, creditors’ liens and even mortgage amounts (in the case of condominiums), commenters debate what an apartment is worth and how much a seller might be desperate enough to accept. They also pinpoint flaws ranging from imminent construction of a garbage facility nearby to crimes of linoleum.

For their part, sellers and their brokers are seething over what they perceive as a lack of accountability, hidden or misanthropic motives, and the fact that defending one’s property — even correcting a factual error — can prolong or aggravate its turn under the collective microscope. Sellers also object to being typecast as Marie Antoinette in the French Revolution-style discourse.

That accusation is not exactly refuted by the commenters themselves.

“All of us who were renters have endured a fair amount of ridicule from owners for our caution,” said Michael Waxenberg, 46, an information technology director and renter who is shopping for a three-bedroom apartment on the Upper West Side. “There is an element of vindication in what’s happening now — maybe we were right in trying to play it safe.

Medical Spa MD has now been around for almost 4 years and has the largest community of nonsurgical cosmetic medical practitioners that I'm aware of. The laser companies have noticed and there are some that already interact on the site. There are others who monitor Medical Spa MD but are sitting on the fence since they don't want to put themselves in a situation where they become a target. Nasty comments on the web live forever.

The number of times that Medical Spa MD has been contacted by named individuals and laser companies with requests to edit or remove comments has grown considerably. (I have yet to hear from any laser company or individual that they feel that Medical Spa MD has not been fair with them.) There are growing pains with any community and Medical Spa MD has had it's share. In looking at how to best address companies and individuals legitimate concerns there are some potential changes we're looking at. I'm not interested in Medical Spa MD becomming an attack site for individuals with a grudge. (If I wanted that we wouldn't remove the comments we do.)

As Medical Spa MD moves forward we're adding increasing capabilites and functionaily, from the ability to buy Botox, Restylane and Perlane in bulk or with group purchasing power, to offering targeted SEO & SEM for your web site, to building out a companion site that targets potential patients for your cosmetic practice. All of these additions are scheduled to be up within the next 30 days.

That being said, Medical Spa MD should continue to grow as the most trusted cosmetic physician community on the web... even if there are some changes needed.

Reader Comments (3)

These type of blogs keep the arrogant, the rich and the powerful honest. (Like franchise owners, the laser executives and well known dishonest experts and luminaries (who have sold their soul to the laser companies)

You get the truth from the blogs. You also get the margins, but the truth lies in the blogs.
You need these blogs or the arrogant excutives can just "switch you off" and shut you up.

As long as you attack for a good reason, the attack is well within the bounds of proper blogging behavior.
I believe my attacks have great merit and are necessary.

Solta Medical, in the persona of Steven J Fanning and Bill Brodie are causing great harm by selling lasers and then not supporting those lasers in the fashion required. Too many poor outcomes and too many complications.

They will offer clinical exchange whether they like it or not. It will be the standard in the industry soon.
They can do it the easy way (and the proper way) or they can continue to get beat up and embarrassed over it.
I have just begun my attack on Steven J. Fanning and Bill Brodie. The problems with the industry lie within the individuals which control the industry. No point attacking Solta. Fanning and Brodie are the a-holes. They must be taught a lesson.

It will literally cost them under ten thousand dollars to do and it can be done in less than a week.
It would be so easy, so inexpensive and so good. They are really a couple of idiots (history will judge them).
What are they afraid of? Why do they take the abuse? (to teach ME a lesson?). I am a very slow learner! (and I can't spell).

Jeff B, I hope you will not "sell out".

My agressive and disruptive blogging is NOT done out of "grudge" it is to achieve "clinical exchange" which will lead to better clinical outcomes and few laser complications.

Without this forum, providers like me have a very small voice. Without this forum, evil business men like Carl Mudd and others can control information and control their corrupt and evil situations.

Anyone who is afraid of information and the truth has an agenda that will probably not benefit most people, but will benefit the individual at the expense of others. I plan to continue my blogging happily and aggressively!

I'm aware of. The laser companies have noticed and there are some that already interact on the site. There are others who monitor Medical Spa MD but are sitting on the fence since they don't want to put themselves in a situation where they become a target. Nasty comments on the web live forever.

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